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Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Stating that for legal reasons they could only provide limited information, authorities in Lockport are not yet ruling the cause of last week's massive fire at a tire recycling plant. In the meantime, they hope to confirm the identity of a body found on site in "probably a couple more days."

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A Washington, D.C. development company has signed a contract to purchase Buffalo's tallest building.

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Imagine cruising over Kazakhstan, along the Russian border, at 530 miles per hour in a loaded 300,000-pound KC-135 military aircraft during winter. Not an everyday experience. Soon there will be no need to fly halfway around the world to train pilots under such conditions.

During a recent visit to Buffalo, Governor Cuomo sparred with reporters over his economic development programs and their lackluster performance in creating jobs. On WBFO's Press Pass, Jim Fink of Business First suggested that lofty job goals were not going to happen overnight.

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Students at one Buffalo Public school are expected to be wearing school uniforms this fall.  As WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports refugee and immigrant students at Lafayette International Community High School and their families have embraced the idea. 

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Competition against businesses is common, but it's not often a battle ground is drawn between local dance studios. Two ballet companies will soon be located in the same building. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the Buffalo City Ballet is accusing Neglia Ballet Artists of creating unhealthy competition.

A British Columbia man has pleaded guilty in connection to what the U.S. Attorney says is another major drug trafficking organization, this time operating in Canada.

Lockhouse Distillery

The state's effort to grow the craft beverage industry appears to be working. At least, that's the case with a local distillery which continues expanding its product line.

Michigan Sea Grant

Second part of a series

Powerful currents on the Great Lakes have caused more than 150 drownings since 2002, according to researchers. And those currents can appear suddenly, says Mark Breederland, an educator with Michigan Sea Grant.

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A new poll that finds Donald Trump badly trailing Hillary Clinton in the presidential race in New York could be good news for Democrats in the state Senate.

Mount Saint Mary Academy

Students from Mount Saint Mary Academy in Tonawanda brought their business acumen to a global competition of young entrepreneurs this weekend. Despite not winning the competition, what they’ll come home with is more than they may have expected.

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A Western New York native will compete Tuesday with the hopes of winning a medal at the Olympic Games in Rio. Anita Alvarez and her partner will compete in synchronized swimming. Among those who will watch closely is Alvarez's mother, who coaches a local synchronized swimming team.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A Niagara County municipality that learned it was losing its ambulance provider last month has a new one in place. Officials say entering into a contract with Mercy Flight and Mercy EMS makes sense, because the company is a desired partner for a forthcoming emergency services hub.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Weekend weather broke local records, but not the kind most Western New Yorkers might think. The sultry temperatures and conditions are expected to be followed by more of the same, but with some added relief for current drought conditions.

Heritage Moments: Love Canal and the Niagara Falls housewives who shook the world

Aug 15, 2016
Photo by Penelope D. Ploughman, ©1980, all rights reserved. Courtesy, University Archives, State University of New York at Buffalo

Some 40 years after chemicals were first observed bubbling from the ground at Love Canal, the health risks resulting from the poisoning of the Niagara Falls, N.Y., neighborhood are still making headlines today. Yet we sometimes forget that the Love Canal disaster might have amounted to little more than a footnote, were it not for the relentless defiance of a group of average citizens. Without the efforts of those citizens – most of them housewives -- the modern environmental movement as we know it today might not exist.

Elizabeth Miller

First part of a series

In her family’s backyard overlooking Lake Erie, Melissa Zirkle watched as her son Jermaine joined some friends in the water. On that July day in 2013, she was building steps in the backyard.

“I kept looking and checking on him, and he was standing in the water and he was laughing, having fun with the other kids,” Zirkle says, recalling the scene along Ohio's shoreline. “Then about two minutes later, I heard cries for help.”

The Response Performance Festival covers four days, uses three venues and allows access to an historic steamship. The event, which starts Thursday, is the latest ambitious effort from Torn Space Theater.

Orchard Park Police Department

Orchard Park Police are warning area residents to lock their homes and vehicles, in the wake of some 50 burglaries and larcenies over the last two weeks.

Karibu News

The challenges that refugees and immigrants confront have been well-documented.

Buffalo's Regan brings home rowing gold from Rio

Aug 15, 2016
Team USA

Buffalo's Emily Regan and her "unbeatable eight" U.S. women's rowing team finished more than two seconds ahead of Great Britain to win gold in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.

courtesy Bunkers in Baghdad

A Buffalo-based charitable organization has, for the past seven years, provided some unique care packages for members of the U.S. military: golf clubs and balls. It's a gesture that the project's founder has learned goes a long way toward helping veterans overcome stress.

Team USA

Could it be a preview of what is to come in Rio? The U.S. synchronized swimming duet of Kenmore native Anita Alvarez and Mariya Koroleva found itself on the podium once again Friday - and this time it was on the top step.

Jamestown Police have a suspect in custody for a Sunday evening stabbing that left one man dead.

Rabies vaccine bait drops begin this week

Aug 15, 2016
Niagara County Health Department

New Yorkers may see planes and helicopters overhead this week, dropping thousands of pellets across city and rural areas. It is the annual rabies vaccine air drop and there are some things to remember when you see the waxy green, vanilla-scented packets.

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As minority students become a majority in public schools, there are still disproportionate numbers of minority teachers in the classroom. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley asked two top state education leaders about trying to attract more students of color to consider the teaching profession. 

Jonathan Burman / New York State Education Department

The state’s education commissioner, Mary Ellen Elia, said she’s fighting a proposal by her predecessor, now the federal education secretary, John King, to punish schools with a high opt-out rate from the standardized tests.

Niagara Falls Bridge Commission

The U.S.-bound side of the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls was closed on Sunday afternoon due to an unexplained "incident."

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The Buffalo Bills pre-season opener ended in a 19 to 18 loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Ralph Wilson Stadium Saturday night. Just prior to kick-off, the team announced on Twitter that it is selling the naming rights to the stadium to the New Era Cap Company.

On Saturday two people were taken to Erie County Medical Center after being thrown from a speed boat that flipped over in the Niagara River.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says New Yorkers should be cautious during this weekend's severe thunderstorms.